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Gstaad launches new mountain cheese trail

Man with cheese
Gstaad Tourism has announced the launch of the Wispile Pilot Project, which gives an insight into alpine cheese production and local gastronomic traditions through a specially created mountain cheese trail. Part of the ‘Gstaad Authentic’ initiative, this educational experience demonstrates Gstaad’s passion for provenance.

Celebrating the region’s handmade, artisan products, the project was launched in June 2013 at the spectacular Wispile Mountain Restaurant, which at 1,915 metres offers 360-degree views of the surrounding Swiss Alps. Inside, guests can discover interesting details about the day-to-day life of mountain farmers and cows while sampling typical dishes from the region.

From here, foodies can then embark on the renewed mountain cheese trail that provides an enjoyable way to discover all there is to know about Gstaad Alp cheese (AOC). The trail leads visitors to local dairy farms where they can witness the process of cheese-making first hand. In addition, offering the ultimate alpine taste experience, a number of farmers and five local restaurants have created the ‘Gstaad Alp cheese mobile’, which offers a mind-boggling selection of alpine cheeses of different maturity (one, two and three years old), shape, texture and strength – sliced and rolled right in front of your eyes, ready for tasting.

The Gstaad Alp cheese is the first product under a new label, ‘Gstaad Authentique’, launched this summer to better promote the region’s products and services. In keeping with this theme, Gstaad will hold a special ‘Market for Alp cheese’ on 21st September, where local farmers will showcase their products and visitors can taste and learn even more about Swiss cheese-making heritage.

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